ERP is the perfect partner for WEEE, Battery and Packaging compliance. A wide range of producers choose ERP because we offer comprehensive and integrated compliance solutions at national and European level.
- A Wake-up Call
In 1988, the EU Commission drafted the first directive aiming to minimise the environmental impact of WEEE, promote recycling and reduce resource consumption. The directive introduced the concept of producer responsibility, whereby producers and importers are responsible for their products, even at the end of their life cycle.
- The Birth of an Idea: ERP
European Recycling Platform (ERP) was created to provide the first pan-European take-back schemes for the collection and recycling of e-waste. Later, Battery and Packaging Compliance Schemes were added as services, too.
- The WEEE Directive
The EU Directive on Waste from EEE was adopted on January 27, 2003. It established the Producer Responsibility Principle for financing waste management and the creation of incentives for eco-design; the harmonization of national measures and the establishment of minimum standards; the preservation of resources, the best practices promotion and WEEE diversion from landfills and incinerators.
- An Innovative Solution: ERP
ERP to implement the principles set forth by the EU WEEE Directive: integrate product end-of-life management into the business cycle; drive recycling compliance scheme costs down; ensure a “no compromise on quality” stance; influence European and national legislation to ensure competition on take-back markets and promote the Producer Responsibility Principle.
- ERP Kicks Off Operations in Austria and Ireland
In August 2005, ERP opened its local offices in Austria (Vienna) and Ireland (Dublin).
- The Battery Directive and New ERP Local Offices
The EU Battery Directive came into effect in September 2006. It prohibits the distribution of batteries with high mercury and cadmium contents and calls for the recycling of batteries, accumulators and related waste to minimize their impact on the environment. ERP opened new local offices in Spain (Feb); Germany (Mar), Finland and Denmark (Apr); Portugal (Aug), Poland (Sept) and France (Nov).
- ERP UK becomes operative
In July 2007, ERP opened its first local offices in the UK (London).
- ERP begins operating in Italy and starts Recycling Batteries
In February 2008, ERP opened local offices in Italy ( Milan).
In September 2008, ERP launched its battery take-back offer.
- ERP starts activities in Norway
In January 2011, ERP opened its local offices in Norway (Drammen).
- ERP becomes operative in Slovakia
In September 2012, ERP began operating in Slovakia (Bratislava).
- ERP enters in new markets and add a new shareholder
In January 2014, ERP’s JV “Ecommunity” received the permit to operate a take-back scheme for WEEE and batteries in Israel (Tel Aviv).
In June 2014, ERP enters the Swedish market (Stockholm).
At the end of June 2014, Landbell Group – one of Germany’s leading packaging compliance schemes – becomes a new shareholder of ERP.
- ERP Today
ERP currently provides compliance for WEEE, batteries and packaging in 32 countries.